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NSU Summer Intern

NSU Summer Intern


The Innocence Project was founded in 1992 by Barry C. Scheck and Peter J. Neufeld at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law at Yeshiva University to assist the wrongly convicted who could be proven innocent through DNA testing. The Innocence Project’s groundbreaking use of DNA technology to free innocent people has provided irrefutable proof that wrongful convictions are not isolated or rare events but instead arise from systemic defects. Now an independent nonprofit organization closely affiliated with Cardozo School of Law at Yeshiva University, the Innocence Project’s mission is to free the staggering numbers of innocent people who remain incarcerated and to bring substantive reform to the system responsible for their unjust imprisonment. To learn more, please visit


The Innocence Network is an affiliation of 68 organizations dedicated to providing pro bono legal and investigative services to individuals seeking to prove innocence of crimes for which they have been convicted, working to redress the causes of wrongful convictions, and supporting the exonerated after they are freed in the United States and abroad. The Innocence Project, a not-for-profit organization that works to exonerate the innocent through post-conviction DNA testing and develop and implement policy changes to prevent wrongful convictions and otherwise reform the criminal justice system, is one of the founding members of the Innocence Network and provides support for the Innocence Network Support Unit, a team of four employees who help facilitate the work of the Network.

The Innocence Network Support Unit is seeking an intern to support the operational activities of the Innocence Network. The Network Communications/Special Projects Intern will report to the Innocence Network Coordinator and will work with other members of the Network Support Unit. The intern can expect to gain direct exposure to various areas of non-profit management as well as exposure to a national coalition of criminal justice reform organizations. The internship is based in the Innocence Project office in lower Manhattan and requires a minimum commitment of at least 12 hours a week beginning in June 2022; however, the time frame and schedule are flexible.
Please note that this is not a legal internship and is better suited for individuals looking to pursue careers in the non-profit management sector.

All Innocence Project employees must embrace, respect and value the rich diversity of perspectives and experience of a diverse and heterogeneous staff. We recognize and appreciate that our work is better for having varied participants and thought partners.
We are interested in every qualified candidate who is eligible to work in the United States. However, we are not able to sponsor visas.


The ideal candidate has experience planning events, a background in graphic design (a familiarity with Adobe InDesign is preferable), and a strong ability to communicate with different stakeholders. The candidate is high-achieving, easygoing, collaborative, and eager to learn more about nonprofit management and organizational development.Please note that this position also requires travel to a conference in Phoenix between April 6 and April 10, so availability during those dates is a must.


  • The Network Communications/Special Projects Intern will gain valuable event planning experience by assisting with the preparation and organization of documents and materials for Wrongful Conviction Day
  • The Network Communications/Special Projects Intern will learn the basics of various platforms, programs, and databases such as Google Groups listservs and MailChimp by assisting with the daily maintenance of those programs to facilitate resource sharing and communication among Network member organizations
  • The Network Communications/Special Projects Intern will learn how membership coalitions operate
  • The Network Communications/Special Projects Intern will gain valuable analytic and research experience in a range of different areas through assistance with projects, such as tracking Network exonerations and completing the tabulation and analysis of the conference session evaluation surveys, as well as supporting the analysis of the Network’s annual report survey completed by Network Member Organizations and other Network surveys as needed
  • The Network Communications/Special Projects Intern will assist with other special projects as needed and relevant, including updating the Network Support Unit’s resources


  • A passion for the Network’s work and an interest in organizational development and nonprofit management
  • Strong organizational and writing skills and attention to detail
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office, including PowerPoint and Excel
  • Database management skills a plus but not required
  • Knowledge of MailChimp a plus but not required
  • Experience with data visualization a plus, but not required
  • Must be legally authorized to work in the U.S.


  • Ability to manage multiple projects, set priorities, and adhere to timelines with meticulous attention to detail
  • Ability to handle a broad range of stakeholders with grace and diplomacy
  • Keen eye for systems and operational management
  • Strong sense of personal responsibility and accountability for delivering high-quality work
  • Must be able to work with groups of diverse individuals in respectful, equitable, and inclusive ways.
  • Enthusiasm for the work of the Innocence Project and for social justice, including a demonstrated commitment to public interest
  • Shares values of equity, excellence, collaboration, humanity, integrity, respect, and accountability


The Innocence Project considers the diversity of its workforce to be vital to our organization’s success in meeting its mission. We strongly encourage applicants from all cultures, races, educational backgrounds, life experiences, socio-economic classes, sexual orientations, age, gender, and physical abilities to apply. Individuals with personal connections to the criminal legal system are strongly encouraged to apply.

As an Equal Opportunity Employer, it is our policy not to discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, familial status, marital status, predisposing genetic characteristics, actual or perceived domestic violence victim status, unemployment status, caregiver status, or any other category protected by law.


Please visit click the "Apply Externally" button and upload a cover letter expressing your interest in the role and the organization’s work, and a resume titled with your name (last name. first name. cover letter/resume). Only applications with cover letters will be considered complete applications. Information submitted through this secure site is kept confidential. Due to the large volume of applications, we are unable to give applicant updates by phone or direct email. Please consider your interest in the mission of the Innocence Network, your desire to pursue a career in the nonprofit and/or criminal justice reform sector, and your qualifications as they relate to this job description while drafting your cover letter. 

**Applications for this position will be considered on a rolling basis until the post is filled.** 


$17.00 - $20.00 per hour